Byron – notoriously relaxed atmosphere and relaxed lifestyle – is synonymous with shaping many personalities and attitudes. Similarly, the infant anger of James Cachia was shaped and moulded by the vibes expelled by the Byron locals through annual family holidays to the area. The fond memories and bonds formed there have shifted the persona of James into being a well-known nice-guy who is willing to sacrifice his own needs for the sake of others – this humility has extended his circles to encapsulate many people and acquiring entry into illustrious academies, yet his anger is presently non-existent.
I hope to convey the sense that place has a significant impact on the people constantly involved with it, and how it moulds the people through the community vibes evoked by that particular place. My subject – James – has a close tie to Byron Bay, which was a key place in altering the underlying anger issues of him at a young age. As a long-term friend of his, I am rarely made aware of this as he is now a kind and sincere teenager, with this place close to his heart obviously of significant impact.
His voice definitely matches his calm nature, thus I hope to focus on this with little interruption – perhaps for soothing sounds like waves rolling. I am seeking to extract a single, key phrase to emphasise by isolating it and being a stand alone within the piece – backed up with the rest of that story and a story as a result of Byron’s effect on James. The mood I am seeking is a very calm and passive one, yet a mood that shows the changes that have occurred, and a tone suggesting James is thankful for these changes.
The personal strength Jess possesses can be seen through the phrase she boldly utilized in her stage of remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which proudly stated:
I had you, but you’ll never have me!
It is said that the “real you” is on the inside, and inside the life of Journalism student Jessica Olson is a story that deserves to be told. Initially Jess may seem like yet another first year University student struggling with the costs and workload of student life, however her story is one of perseverance under exceptional circumstances yet recovering to be better through the trials.
Seen by Jess as “a way to express myself”, dancing and physical culture have been key activities by which Jess has matured physically, mentally, and developed ongoing friendships with fellow participants at such a high level of competition. Rising to the level of National Championships for ‘Physie’, the standard of competition bonds the competitors through the collective hours of practise and mutual injury struggles, adding to the fact that “most of the girls I compete with I’ve done so against since we were toddlers”. This ongoing competition pushes these athletes to improve yearly, and Jess confesses to enjoying the competitiveness present in each event.
Additionally, the basic health benefits have aided Jess’ continuing participation as they enabled a swift recovery – having been diagnosed with blood cancer at 15 – into resuming competition. The drive to overcome this massive personal hurdle was obvious, as Jess was upset about not being able to participate in her first senior Physie Nationals at the Opera House. A year later – having recovered from the cancer itself, depleted muscles, lessened flexibility, numerous shin splints, torn and strained hamstrings, and both cardiovascular and general fatigue – Jess was able to rejoin her lifelong friends in their mutual passion. The “hardwork & dedication to reach the national level again” is easily noted in her application to her studies, and the ability for her to encourage others in their work is a great reflection on how humble and yet positive Jess can be in the wake of such a harsh battle with cancer. The infectious laughter she brings isn’t one normally associated with a cancer survivor, however this is testament to her upbeat personality.
As not only an activity which connects Jess to her Physie peers and their parents – seen as an extended family considering their continual presence – but an escape from University life and the struggles of battling such serious illness, Jess excitedly spoke of how she wishes to follow the trend of people well into retirement still participating in Physie. As her studies at Wollongong continue, Jess hopes to establish where her calling in Journalism lies, and the diversity her International Studies subjects offer her will allow her to take this calling overseas should that be where she chases it. In the meantime, her passion for dancing supersedes the desire for employment abroad, and so the inspirational story of Jess’s can be shared to those alongside her at University.
Always the keen gamer, Alex Skribins has recently forged himself a new image in the wider world of university, a vast contrast to his sheltered “Shire” upbringing. His emerging style of gamer-meets-suave has allowed him to enter the university lifestyle with a new air of confidence and has led to a new girlfriend within 4 weeks of semester! A fast-mover, Alex desires to become an investigative reporter and is putting copious amounts of effort into his recent work at university in order that he may develop and perfect his communications skills for a promising reporting career.
Following the long-aspired path of chasing boyhood dreams – traveling the globe in pursuit of sports news and stories – is where you will find Thomas Hudson, an aspiring sports journalist. His passion for football and cricket have forged many pathways to facilitating this dream , and it is this diversity in interests which may lead to Thomas building a reputation in this highly-coveted arena. As the motto of his favorite football team – Liverpool FC – states, he will “Never Walk Alone” as he competes with other journalists striving for breaking news in such a globalized sporting market.